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INTERVIEW: Ben Wilson discusses new contract, clean sheets and targets

20 January 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Ben Wilson discusses new contract, clean sheets and targets

20 January 2023

Sky Blues ‘keeper Ben Wilson couldn’t contain his delight after he agreed a new deal with the club to take his stay here to 2025.

Wilson joined the Sky Blues following his departure from Bradford City in 2019 and since then, he has gone on to play an important role in the clubs rise.

The 30-year-old has enjoyed a successful time at Coventry, especially this season, where he leads the clean sheet table.

After agreeing his new deal, Wilson spoke of his delight, reflected on his time here and his aims for the next two-and-a-half-years.

 

Signing the new deal…

“I’m absolutely buzzing to get it over the line. It’s been a long process, but we’ve finally got to the point of signing and I couldn’t be any happier.

 

Conversation with Mark Robins…

“He said, well done you deserve it and then tapped me on the back and walked away, I think he walked away when I said I wanted more money!” Ben joked.

“No, he’s as happy as I am and he congratulated me and said I deserve it, so I thank him for that.”

 

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Looking back when he joined in 2019…

“It’s took time to build a reputation here. People knew my abilities within here and it’s been a long time coming.

“When I came in here all those years ago, it was as a number two and hopefully over the years I’ve grown and developed into the ‘keeper I am today.

“I think the feeling around the club and the feeling within, I feel very confident here. I’ve developed into someone I wish I could’ve been ten years ago.

“I’m a late developer in the game and I can only thank my time at Coventry and the people I’ve worked with here for getting me to where I am now.”

 

The people at Coventry…

“The clique we have in the changing room is second to none. The coaching staff are brilliant and the people behind the scenes, I come up and have a chat with them and keep them happy!

“As long as everyone is happy and smiling and everyone gets on, it makes a massive difference.”

 

Having the fans sing his name…

“I’m buzzing. It’s taken me until I got to 30 years-old for someone to sing a song about me!

“It makes a huge impact on my life. I’m buzzing and I sing along with them and that’s the kind of character I am and it’s absolutely amazing when I hear them singing.”

 

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Level at the top of the clean sheet table…

“It’s been alright, so far so good, but there’s still a long way to go.

“Stats wise it looks unbelievable, but I just want to kick on and help the lads to achieve what we set out at the start of the season to do and there’s plenty of games left for us to pick some vital wins and get ourselves higher up the table.

“It’s not just me, it’s everyone around me. The defenders and the midfielders and strikers, including Vik, because he defends from the front and heads the ball away when he comes back.

“As a collective all the lads have been outstanding. Aled’s work on the training ground helps from a goalkeeper point of view.”

 

Potentially winning the Golden Glove…

“I try not to talk about that!

“I’ve thought about it, but it’s one of those things. To have that many clean sheets at this stage of the season, it’s unbelievable.

“I think the average is 16 to get into the play-offs, so if I can get four in the next twenty games then it might give us a better chance.

“Every game I don’t keep a clean sheet it’s a sleepless night for me, but there’s always another game coming thick and fast, so it will come sooner rather than later.”

 

Feel like you’ve proven yourself…

“Yes and no.

“Stats only say so much. We’re here fighting every day. I try not to get too carried away and I try not to look ahead.

“I don’t want to get too comfortable; I want to keep pushing and developing. I’m at a stage in my career where mentally and physically I’m in a good place and if I can keep improving then I’m heading in the right direction.”

 

 


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